48 Hours: Who Shot the Tech Exec?

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the case of the 48 hours: who shot the tech exec? We’ll explore the evidence, the suspects, and try to piece together what really happened.

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Introduction

It was a murder that rocked the tech world

On November 1, 2018, 39-year-old Tariq McCormick was shot and killed outside his home in San Francisco. McCormick was a rising star in the tech industry having founded several successful startups.

Police have no suspects and no motive in the murder of Tariq McCormick. Was it a crime of passion? A random act of violence? Or was it something more calculated, a hit job carried out by someone who had something to gain from McCormick’s death?

In this episode of 48 Hours, correspondent Maureen Maher investigates McCormick’s murder, speaking to his friends, family and colleagues to try to piece together who would want him dead and why.

The Morning Of

It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the birds were singing. It was the perfect day for a walk in the park or a swim in the pool. But it was not a perfect day for a murder.

On October 23, 2018, at 8:15am, 48-year-old tech executive Matthew Devine was shot and killed while walking his dog in San Francisco’s Dolores Park. His death sent shockwaves through the city’s close-knit tech community.

Devine was a successful entrepreneur who had co-founded several startups, including the popular social media app YikYak. He was also an active angel investor and a well-known figure in the San Francisco startup scene.

48 Hours: Who Shot the Tech Exec? will follow investigators as they try to solve this high-profile case. We’ll hear from Devine’s family and friends, as well as from the detectives working to solve his murder.

The Crime

On the night of February 12, 2015, in Palo Alto, California, a well-liked tech exec was gunned down in cold blood. Tushar Mehra was just 36 years old when he was fatally shot while walking home from work. His murder sent shockwaves through the close-knit community of Silicon Valley.

The Investigation

It was a crime that shocked Silicon Valley. A young tech executive was gunned down in broad daylight as he walked to his car. Was it a crime of passion or something more sinister?

LAPD detectives and 48 HOURS correspondents Erin Moriarty and Jon Wertheim investigate who would want to kill Gavin Smith and why. They speak to those who knew him best, including his ex-wife, Dina, with whom he had three children.

“He was an amazing father,” Dina tells Moriarty. “Gavin was just one of those dads that would get down on the ground and play Barbies with the girls.”

But the fairy-tale marriage ended in divorce, and Gavin left Dina for another woman – something she never got over.

“I think she’s devastated by it,” Moriarty says of Dina. “I think it destroyed her life.”

Dina isn’t the only one with a motive. The detectives also speak to Gavin’s business partner, who was reportedly having an affair with Gavin’s girlfriend. They investigate whether there could be a link between Gavin’s death and his work in the marijuana business. And they try to piece together his last hours before he was killed.

“48 HOURS: Who Shot the Tech Exec?” will be broadcast Saturday, May 4 at 10/9c on CBS.

The Arrest

Early on the morning of Friday, July 12, 2019, police in Mountain View, California, responded to a report of a shooting at a home in the city. They found the body of 39-year-old Raveesh Kumra inside the house. He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives began their investigation and soon focused on Kumra’s estranged wife, 41-year-old Harinderjeet Kaur. They learned that the couple had been going through a divorce and that Kaur had moved out of the family home several months earlier.

Kaur was arrested and charged with murder. She has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. If convicted, she could face up to life in prison.

The Aftermath

It’s been two days since the shooting of tech exec Marc Winston. The police have no leads and no motive. His family is devastated. And the tech community is in shock.

What happened? Who would want to kill Marc Winston? And what does it mean for the future of the tech industry?

Here’s what we know so far.

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